Education: North Georgia College, B.S. 1988 (political science); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div. 1996; John Marshall Law School (Atlanta), J.D. 2008
Military: Air Force Reserve, 2002-present
Career: Lawyer; minister; gas detector manufacturer government relations manager
Political highlights: Ga. House, 2007-present
Doug Collins, R Ga.-9
Doug Collins, like many others who sought House seats this year, is most concerned with creating jobs in his district.
He maintains that the lack of congressional action on key issues, such as regulatory reform, and inconsistent budgeting slows growth and exacerbates the problem.
Collins says that lowering the corporate tax rate and making the George W. Bush-era tax cuts permanent would create a business environment that would spur economic growth.
Collins conservative ideology matches his districts leaning. He says that his experience as a pastor and business owner "have taught him that you dont need to compromise your principles to get things done."
Collins is a veteran of the state legislator and views the move to Congress as an extension of the work he has been doing in Atlanta.
He looks forward to tackling a national agenda, such as repealing the 2010 health care law and increasing domestic energy production.
Located in northern Georgia, the 9th District is largely rural. Collins hopes to win an assignment to the Agriculture Committee.
Additionally, Collins says his experience as an Air Force chaplain makes him a natural fit for the Armed Services Committee he has worked directly with servicemembers and their families, witnessing the effects that lengthy deployments can have.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.